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Ekpan Chieftan

Transcribed from the Penzance Shipping Registers


ON 362468

Nr 8 in 1974 at Port of Penzance

Change of name of ex Dutch vessel NORA authorised with the sanction of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Minuted RSS 127/74 dated 29th March 1974.

Gross Tonnage 461.28; 227.7 Register Tonnage

1305.42 cu m; 644.39 cu m.

Accommodation certified for seamen 9

Date of Entry 16th May 1974; 2 pm.

Owners: Corineus Lines Ltd., formerly Higher Road, Breage

(revised in pencil to) 2, Church Row, Porthleven ( 3rd November 1975 ).

All 64 shares in that ownership. Name Change of company 13th September 1975.

Manager : Andrew Mullion Barwick Bell of Porthleven.

1 Mortgage dated 4th May 1974 with Scheepshypotheek Bank, Nedeland NV.,

Eendracht Splein 10, Rotterdam, Holland.

2 Iffie Corineus Lines Limited. 13th Sep 1974; 4pm. Mortgage dated 9th Sep 1974. Freight Express-Seacon Ltd, Express Wharf, 38, West Ferry Road, London E14.

3 Freight Express-Seacon Ltd. 29th Jan 1975. Discharge of Mortgage.

4 Iffie Corineus Lines Limited. 27th Oct 1975 3.30 pm. Mortgage 11th Oct 1975 secured 40,000 at 18%. Robert Bryan Banton of Trenance, 21, East Close, Middleton on Sea, Sussex.


Registry Closed 25th Jan 1977, on sale of vessel to foreigner ( Iranians ).


Motor Single Screw.

Built Groningen, Holland

Built 1962, NV Scheepswerf Waterhuizen; J Pattje, Groningen, Holland

Signal Letters; GUIT

One Deck, Two Masts, Raked Stem, Cruiser stern, Carvel Built

Steel Framework Cargo vessel.

3 watertight bulkheads.

157.9 ft length from forepart of stem to fore side of the rudder stock.

27.6 ft breadth

9.35 ft Depth in hold from tonnage deck to tank top amidships.

11.05 ft Depth from upper deck at sides amidships to bottom of keel.

0.06 ft Round of Beam on upper deck.

19.85 ft Length of Engine Room.

One set Internal Combustion 2 Stroke Single Acting Engine. One Shaft.

1962; NV Abbingedammer Bronomotorwerfabriek, Abbingedam, Holland.

Six Cylinder 220mm Reciprocating Engine, Stroke 380mm.

40 nhp; 360 bhp; 10 knots.




From Ruud ( Ships Nostalgia fellow member )

Nora was launched in 1962 Yard Nr 261

Her call sign was PGJY and IMO Nr.:5254761

Her company in the Netherlands was Wijnne & Barends Delfzijl

1975 sold to the UK as EKPAN CHIEFTAIN,

1978 resold and renamed AL NISER I under the Kuwait flag

23 March 1980 sunk

I boarded this "fine vessel" as pilot on her first arrival in the UK under this name of EKPAN CHIEFTAIN. The Master was British but the remaining crew were all West African. The Master too had clearly been involved in West African sea going for many years. I was rather taken aback when my coffee was delivered to the bridge by a steward dressed in perfectly turned out whites. China cup and sterling silver. Bear in mind this was a second hand, 499grt., ex.dutch coaster. Well, I was on board many times thereafter and can report, it didn't last. Next time we were back to bread and cheese accompanied by a snarling Alsatian! I gather the cash for her purchase came from the chief of the Ekpan tribe.


Thanks, Ruud, for these .



Although Ekpan Chieftan did on occasion carry mails to the Isles of Scilly,

she is separately shown here as part of the Penzance Shipping Registers



Raymond Forward